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August 13, 2012
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CDC confirms cause of suspected amebic infection

The type of ameba known as Naegleria fowleri has been confirmed as the cause of the rare illness that claimed the life of a Minnesota child earlier this month.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted confirmatory clinical testing for the organism, and reported the results this afternoon to the Minnesota Department of Health.

MDH officials said the cause of the illness had been 99 percent certain before, but the CDC test results made it 100 percent certain. They said it will never be possible to know for sure where the child was infected, but the timing of the illness and other factors point to Lily Lake in Washington County.


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Buddy Ferguson
MDH Communications